Food Cart Tours

Get a taste of the streets of Manhattan on this 2-hour walking tour that explores the past and present of New York’s street food industry and the challenges of running these thriving but demanding small businesses. Each tour includes generous tastings from some of the best food carts and trucks in New York City – the menu rotates from week to week, but tastings on your tour may include falafel and lamb off the bone, halal chicken and rice, Korean short ribs, Bengali kati rolls, Belgian waffles, and Mexican quesadillas, all prepared in these curbside kitchens. But beyond the delicious food, you will also get the chance to meet working street vendors, understand the rules and regulations they navigate every day, and learn what to takes to launch and run a successful street food business. You will never look at street food the same way again! Tours are available in Midtown or the Financial District, and 5% of all Food Cart Tour ticket sales are donated to the Street Vendor Project.

Tour Info & Highlights

  • Tastings from some of the best street food vendors in New York City
  • Walk a few blocks to taste cuisine from around the world
  • Learn what it takes to run a demanding food cart or truck from the vendors themselves
  • Can accommodate many dietary needs
  • Tours support the Street Vendor Project
  WED 12pm / FRI 2pm / SAT 1pm
  2 hours
  Walking tour
  5–6 generous tastings included
  Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan
General Admission: $54 per person

Seniors (65+): $48.60 per person (10% off)

Children (5-12): $27 per person

Children under 5 are welcome to attend free.

Advance ticket purchase is required.
2 hours

We ask tour participants to please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start so that we can begin on time.
Midtown tours begin at the Bank of America Tower on the corner of 6th Avenue between 42nd St and 43rd St.

Financial District tours begin in the public atrium at 60 Wall St.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions and information on public transportation, or consult our transportation map.
Midtown: Fridays, 2pm / Saturdays, 1pm

Financial District: Wednesdays and select Fridays, 12pm

Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date. If you are interested in other food tours of New York City, try our Public Market Tours of the Lower East Side's Essex Market and Brooklyn's Moore Street Market, and our Wafels & Dinges Factory Tours.

This tour includes 5-6 generous tastings from different street food vendors. Because street vendors often change locations, this menu is subject to change, but dishes frequently featured on this tour include chicken over rice, Indian kati rolls, Korean barbecue, and Belgian waffles.

We strive to accommodate most dietary restrictions and requests, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, as well as allergies and food sensitivities. When making your booking, please be sure to indicate these so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Our team will strive to accommodate you as best we can, but we cannot guarantee all dietary accommodations. If you have any questions regarding the menu, please contact us directly.

1672754-inline-iconbwAs these tours takes place in public facilities and on sidewalks, these tours are fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs or mobility devices. Please note any requests for accommodations in your reservation or contact us in advance so that our guides can review the tour route for any obstructions or inaccessible pathways in advance of the tour. Please be advised that this tour does involve extended periods of walking and standing with minimal opportunities to sit down.

Hearing access symbol that shows an ear with radio signals emanating from the earAssistive listening devices – With at least 24 hours advance notice, portable FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops can be made available for all public and private tours. Please note in your reservation or contact us at least 24 hours prior to your tour if you or a guest in your party would like to use a receiver. We cannot guarantee that assistive listening devices will be available if the request is made within 24 hours of the tour start time.

Accessibility symbol that shows a person walking with a cane to indicate services for visitors who are blind or have low visionVerbal description and large print materials – All of our tours are designed to be multi-sensory. We also have staff members who are experienced in verbal description and have led tour programming for visitors who are blind or have low vision. We can also make available all of our materials in large print upon request. Please notify us in advance either when making your reservation or by contacting us if you would like your public or private tour to be staffed accordingly so that we can ensure a fully-inclusive experience.

American Sign Language Accessibility Symbol American Sign Language interpretation – We seek to offer accessible experiences for all visitors. As such, with at least two weeks advance notice, we will seek to provide American Sign Language interpretation free of charge for visitors who are deaf for all of our tours. To place a request, please contact or text or call +1(347)903-8687.

For people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities – We celebrate diversity in learning styles and abilities. With advance notice for public or private tours, we have the capability to provide accessible and inclusive programming for people with development and/or intellectual disabilities and their family members and friends. For example, with advance notice, we can provide a sensory-friendly experience for private groups of visitors with autism that includes visual supports and non-verbal tools before and during the visit (social narrative, visual schedules, etc), fidgets, as well as multi-sensory and kinesthetic approaches. With advance notice for public tours, Turnstile Tours can provide these accommodations and can also assign a staff member who has extensive experience leading programs for people with and without intellectual and development disabilities.  Please contact or text or call +1(347)903-8687 for more information.

Please contact us via email at or call or text us at +1(347) 903-8687 for more information.

Please contact us for more details on booking a private Food Cart Tour or visit our Group Tours page. Private Tours can be scheduled on most weekdays, subject to availability, for up to 60 visitors.

These tours are offered in support of the Street Vendor Project.

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